Gearing up in Patch 6.2.3

by Bigmoran // November 18, 2015

With Patch 6.2.3 being released earlier this week, right now is the perfect time to catch up on gear for your alts. The nearly released honor gear has the same scaled item level as last seasons epic Wild Gladiator’s gear. This guide will cover the most efficient way to catch up on gear as well as the gear purchasing decisions you should be making for this new season.

World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Teams

by Bigmoran // October 28, 2015

The North Americas, Asian,  and European Regionals tournaments have ended and Blizzcon is right around the corner. Eight teams from around the world will battle each other for a share of $250,000. World of Warcraft is gaining traction as an eSport, with gaming organizations Cloud9 and SK-Gaming picking up two of the teams competing in the global championship.

An Honest Evaluation of the Difficulty of WoW

by Bigmoran // October 27, 2015

Much of the discussion on PvP forums and on websites is that WoW PvP is well past its glory days. Posters often point to Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King as the pinnacle of arena, claiming that arena was “better back then” and had greater depth and difficulty. This nauseating nostalgia certainly emanates with many people, especially with players like me who have been playing WoW for nearly a decade. The critique of the present and praise of the past certainly garners approval of many players, but I think some of these ideas are a bit misguided. This article will address the increasingly popular claim that today’s arena meta is “too simple” and that WoW PvP is “way easier than it used to be.”

One of the Best Ways to Improve Gameplay

by Bigmoran // October 22, 2015

When I’m not playing WoW and posting on Skill-Capped, I am working with student athletes at my university. As someone who grew up playing sports, athletes have always amazed me. The determination, drive, and spirit it takes to compete at a collegiate level is something well worth the praise. Athletes spend countless hours every week training themselves, readying their bodies for competition. While it may seem silly to some, there are definitely parallels between the way athletes train their bodies and the way you can train yourself to become better at PvP.

Predicting Swaps

by Bigmoran // September 30, 2015

One of the most difficult arena concepts to master is the ability to predict when an enemy team will change targets. For some, this seems like an impossible task: how could anyone know exactly what an enemy player will do. For more experienced players, being able to recognize enemy swaps is just one small part of the intricate arena experience. In any case, being aware of enemy swaps is essential for being able to control the arena environment. In this guide, I will cover some of the hints you can rely on for predicting enemy swaps.

Ideal Comp for RBGs, Updated for Patch 6.2.2

by Bigmoran // September 21, 2015

Patch 6.2.2 introduced damage tuning changes to Affliction Warlocks. Leading up to this patch, Affliction Warlocks were by far the strongest DPS class in RBGs. There were a few reasons for this, namely their spread pressure, interrupts, and UA dispel protection. Mass dispelling or even single target dispelling could lead to instant death if a single Affliction Warlock had UA on multiple targets. Team fights were centered around rotting the enemy team with unhealable spread pressure. All in all, Warlocks were definitely the best DPS class to have in an RBG team. Despite the recent damage nerfs to Affliction Warlocks, the RBG meta hasn’t dramatically changed. While it definitely allows for a bit of wiggle room in team composition, RBG comps are still looking similar to the pre-patch variants.

Post Tournament Discussion

by Bigmoran // September 18, 2015

The World of Warcraft Americas Regionals tournament has come to an end (forgive me as I may refer to it as the NA Regionals). There have been three teams that will now advance to Blizzcon representing the Americas region. These teams are: Juveniles, Tempo Storm, and FollowESports. My last article was more of a caution than anything else. It served as a guide on how to direct your attitudes when watching (consuming, even) tournaments and how to digest their outcome. This article will be more of a reflection on the tournament itself and its outcome.

North American Regionals: What Tournaments Tell Us

by Bigmoran // September 10, 2015

As many of you are well aware of at this time, there will be an eight team North American World of Warcraft Regional Tournament this weekend. Three of these eight teams will advance to play center stage at Blizzcon 2015. While the tensions and expectations are high, it is important to remember what tournaments can and cannot tell us about the current state of the game. While many people look at tournaments as representations of class balance, they tend to ignore the nuances of the tournament setting and how it differs from ladder play.

Finding Arena Partners

by fknwings // September 10, 2015

How many times have you logged into World of Warcraft to queue arena only to log out fifteen minutes later because you can’t find someone to play with? Finding partners is one of the most complicated parts of the World of Warcraft gameplay. I have come across players who have terrible attitudes, lack important skills and game knowledge, live in different time zones, have insane work schedules, as well as a variety of other reasons as to why they are not viable partners to play arena with. In this article, I’m going to relay basic information and tools you can use to expand your friends list, so you can be prepared to avoid disappointment every time you log into the game we all love.

Every Orc for Himself: Racial Changes in Patch 6.2.2

by Bigmoran // September 7, 2015

Aside from damage tuning changes to Affliction Warlocks, one of the most anticipated changes in Patch 6.2.2 was the buff to Horde Racials. These buffs seem long overdue and fit well within Blizzard’s recent design paradigm to indirectly nerf the Human racial (ie through the buffing of Medallion trinkets).  Racials, while not being the focal point of class design, do sometimes benefit certain classes more than others.  In this article, I will go through each racial change and explain its interactions with specific classes.

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